Official results haven’t been released, but two local State Farm agents are confident Warren County High School will be awarded $25,000 in the State Farm Celebrate My Drive contest which ended Saturday.
“It’s not official, but I feel like we will get $25,000,” said State Farm agent Bill Zechman.
Added State Farm agent Neil Helton, “I think we are in a very good position and we should know soon if we won.”
Celebrate My Drive asked people to go online and vote for WCHS with the top 10 schools getting $100,000. The next 90 highest vote-getters would be awarded $25,000.
When online rankings were removed from the website Saturday at noon, WCHS was in 29th place. However, voting continued until Saturday at midnight meaning it could be possible, but not likely, for Warren County to fall out of the money. Since schools were divided into small school and large school divisions, WCHS needs to place in the top 50.
“I know there were people who worked late into the night on Saturday to satisfy their voting commitments,” said Zechman.
There were 3,559 schools participating in the U.S. and Canada. The top two vote-getters are to receive a concert from Kelly Clarkson in addition to $100,000.
This was Warren County’s first year to participate in Celebrate My Drive. Helton said it was a learning experience.
“I think we learned some things about how we might execute this differently in the future,” Helton said. “Instead of collecting email addresses at just one home football game, I think we should start from the very first game. I know some schools in different areas took advantage of college football games to boost their numbers and we don’t have that luxury here. One thing we do know is this is a program that’s not going away and right now there are no stipulations about past winners competing again.”
Zechman and Helton said to look for an official announcement Dec. 9.